Throughout time humans have been confronted with life’s biggest questions. Who are we? Where did we come from? How did our universe come to be and how can we end our cosmic isolation? Now astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson continues his journey through the cosmos focusing on our insatiable curiosity and quest for knowledge, in Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
There was a time, not so long ago, when natural events could only be understood as gestures of divine displeasure. From finding images in the stars, to observing seasons and the passing of time, the stars were our only guide. But unusual events, such as a comet in the sky, were seen as portents of doom. Over the centuries our knowledge and understanding of the cosmos has been constantly expanding, taking us into space and revealing exactly what comets are.
On this Sunday’s episode ‘When Knowledge Conquered Fear’ witness the moment that we first began to understand the science behind natural events. But first, The Ship of Imagination enters the realm of the Oort Cloud, where a trillion comets wait. The Ship narrows in on a single comet and chases it through its million-year plunge towards the Sun.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey airs on Sunday 30th March at 7pm on National Geographic Channel.